Published on : Monday, July 10, 2017
The man who recommended a third runway at Heathrow said that having to pay £10 or £15 if one wants to drive to the airport and if it is a diesel car the charges will go higher. He thinks that this is a perfectly politically acceptable thing and it will get popular. The congestion charges are less controversial in London any more.
This type of move of charging drivers was proposed 16 years back when the then London Mayor, Ken Livingstone commented that it would gradually start from the central London congestion-charge zone. However, a charge was never introduced and comparatively easy to do as lesser number of roads were affected.
Sir Howard Davis however rates chances of a third runway highly probable.
The major problem faced by the Heathrow expansion debate is emission, an enormous portion of which is generated by the motorists travelling to and fro the airport. The most heated aspect of the Heathrow expansion debate is emissions, a significant proportion of which are generated by motorists commuting near the airport.
Chris Grayling, the transport secretary asserted that it is possible for the third runway to operate within air quality limits. John Stewart, the chair if Hacan opposed the Heathrow Expansion said that it is a tough and potentially unpopular measure; it is constantly being talked about since people realize that it is a difficult to control air pollution at a bigger Heathrow.
In the coming year the number of trains running from central London to Heathrow will rise when the Elizabeth Line – the Crossrail project will open.
Earlier, when Cameron was the PM, Sir Howard was pessimistic and revealed the probability of 1 out of 10 and thought that his commission’s unanimous report would be ignored. He said that he is more optimistic now since the Prime Minister is bold and she was in favour and the secretary of State for Transport was also in favour which was not there before the elections.